Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts And Technology
|Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology|
|512 West Washington Street
Petersburg, Virginia 23803
|School type||Public, Magnet high school|
|Founded||September 7, 1999|
|School district||Chesterfield County Public Schools|
|Area trustee||Chesterfield County|
|Executive Director||Dr. James Victory|
|Color(s)||Hunter Green, Gold, and Burgundy|
|Focus Areas||Dance, Literary Arts, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Technical Theatre, Technology, Visual Arts|
The Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts And Technology (locally and colloquially sometimes known as ARGS, Appomattox, or the Governor's School) is a public regional magnet high school in downtown Petersburg, Virginia. One of 18 Virginia Governor's Schools, it draws students from 14 localities: Chesterfield, Richmond, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, Powhatan, Sussex, Surry, Charles City, Amelia, Southampton, and Franklin City.
Formerly fiscally run by the Petersburg school district, ARGS is now under the fiscal control of Chesterfield County. It receives approximately $7000 for each student from their home districts. The other primary sources of funding are private grants, federal grants, state money, and individual donations. The school has a Governing Board, composed of representatives or superintendents from each participating district, that functions in much the same role as a school board but also rules on admissions and other school-specific issues.
While purported to be an overflow hospital during the Civil War, and later a morgue, in reality ARGS is the extensively renovated Petersburg High School, located at 512 W. Washington Street in downtown Petersburg, Virginia.
The building first opened its doors as ARGS on Tuesday, September 7, 1999. For the first operating year, the school was home to nearly 90 students in the ninth and tenth grades. Currently the school serves approximately 350 students in grades 9-12, with an ever-increasing student population.
Once accepted into the school, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 and conform to all of the standards of the regional board. The student is required to maintain good academic standing and may remain in the school as long as they reside in a participating school district and funding school. The school also teaches dual enrollment.
In addition to the common core classes, ARGS offers specific "tracks" in specialized classes for a student's focus area. These include: Performing Arts: musical theatre, theatre arts, technical theatre, modern dance, jazz dance, ballet, vocal music, instrumental music, and piano performance; Visual Arts: sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, and film studies; Literary Arts: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; and Communication Arts/Technology: computer programming and engineering.
ARGS offers its students seven sports with nine teams. Fall sports include: golf (coed), volleyball (girls), and cross country (girls/boys). Winter sports are basketball (girls/boys) and cheerleading (girls). ARGS offers two spring sports: soccer (coed) and tennis (girls/boys). ARGS is a Virginia 1-A school. Part of the Tri-Rivers District, ARGS competes in conference 41 eastern region.
All students who are accepted into ARGS are required to have at least a B average in the seventh grade. They are also required to have completed Algebra I by their ninth grade year although occasionally exceptions will be made and an Algebra course outside of school will be assigned. It is highly recommended that applicants have completed a course in Dance, Art, and/or Music, Basic Computer Science, and a Foreign Language. Students are required to apply and go through an adjudication process. This process consists of an interview with the department head of the focus area in which the student is applying and possibly an audition, depending on the department.